Northeast India Clipings

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Ethnic Tensions and Autonomy Movements

Posted by buraluit on April 25, 2009

Naga hand in Adivasi surge

Naga hand in
Adivasi surge(TEL,11-1-2008)


Arrested rebel reveals NSCN link (TEL,11-1-2008)

A STAFF
REPORTER

Guwahati,
Jan. 10:
The new-found
belligerence of Adivasi militants in

Assam
stems from an arms deal with the big daddy of rebel groups in the Northeast.

Rupen Lakra,
the Adivasi National Liberation Army leader whom police caught on Tuesday night,
said the cache of arms and ammunition that was dug up from a paddy field after
his arrest came from the NSCN (Isak-Muivah). The mini arsenal would do any
militant group proud — M-16, AK-47 and .315 rifles, US-made carbines and rocket
launchers were found neatly wrapped in polythene and buried in the field.

 

Naga group
plays jury & executioner(TEL_15-1-2008)

OUR
CORRESPONDENT

Kohima,
Jan. 14:
Barely 48 hours
after appointing itself “sole administrator” of the Naga-inhabited areas and
declaring a “state of emergency”, the Isak-Muivah faction of the NSCN took the
high moral ground and gunned down three senior members of the Khaplang group for
allegedly indulging in extortion.

 

 

Racial slur!
AGP calls Gogoi ‘Ponting’(TEL,11-1-2008)

A STAFF
REPORTER

Guwahati, Jan.
10: If the Aussies have Ricky Ponting, Assam has an equally “arrogant” Tarun
Gogoi, or so the AGP thinks.

Cricket’s
bitter acrimony — and vocabulary — today entered Assam politics with the AGP
accusing the chief minister of being “arrogant” and “boorish”, the exact words
used to describe the Australian cricket captain.

 



Amity stressed on New Year
(SEX_5_1_2008)
Our Correspondent
MOREH, Jan 3 : New Year’s Day was celebrated together by the people of Moreh
town belonging to different communities at Moreh Veterinary office ground.
The highlights of the celebration were cultural and musical programmes.

 

GoI accused
of playing communal card (SEX_8_1_2008)
Newmai News Network
Dimapur, Jan 8: The NSCN-IM has today accused the Government of India of playing
a communal card while stating that the latter had chosen the ‘vested interest
group of Semas to make a fool’ of the NSCN-IM.
“The Government of India, after a seeming show of seriousness for the last ten
years, chose the vested group of Semas to make a fool of the NSCN by
surreptitiously playing a communal card,” said the NSCN-IM today.

 


State looks back to Gambhir Singh for inspiration(SEX_10_1_2008)
By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Jan 9: Together with hundreds of people and leaders of different ethnic
groups, the Re-consolidation Day was observed under the joint aegis of the Ethno
Heritage Council (HERICOUN) and United People’s Front (UPF) at Kangla Hall
today.
Giving the key-note address of the function, UPF vice-president YK Dhi-ren
stated that January 9, being the day on which king Chinglen Nongdrenkhom-ba (Gambhir
Singh) breathed his last, has much historical significance.

 


Tribal leaders adopt 5 resolutions(SEX_11_1_2008)
Newmai News Network
Imphal, Jan 10 : The public meeting of “all tribal leaders and representatives”
on the issue of Delimitation convened today by the Movement for Tribal Peoples
Rights, Manipur (MTPRM) has taken five resolutions at District Council, Guest
House, Chingmeirong in Imphal, according to the MTPRM.
The tribal rights body said that tribal organisations have unanimously expressed
“strong objection to the numerous representations pertaining to Delimitation
made by the so-called All Political Parties delegation led by O. Ibobi Singh,
the chief minister of Manipur”.

 


Row resolved(SEX_12_1_2008)
IMPHAL, Jan 11: A tense
situation resulting from a brawl among youths belonging to two ethnic groups at
Thonglan Akutpa along IT road has been resolved amicably during a meeting
between the two sides today.

 

Awareness
Programme(SEX_15_1_2008)

IMPHAL, Jan 14: 3rd Minorities
Awareness Programme was conducted at Imphal Meitei Church, Lamphelpat.  Under
Secretary MOBC Abdul Salam talked on various schemes provided for the
minorities. Prof. MS Ningomba presided over the function. The programme was
organised by All Manipur Minorities Forum (AMMF).

 

Chancellor
clarifies (SEX_19_1_2008)


IMPHAL, Jan 18: Reacting to the statement issued by the village authority of
Kwarok Maring Khul in connection with the Catholic-Baptist stand off that led to
the act of vandalising five houses belonging to the Catholics allegedly by the
Baptist Christians, Rev Fr KD Joy, Chancellor, Archbishop’s House, Imphal
clarified that the relevant news report was not a news item reported by the
Church Church. “At the same time it must be noted that a Fact Finding Team went
to Kwa-rok village on January 16 to ascertain the facts and they have reported
that the Ca-tholic Church was desecra- ted and the houses belonging to the
Catholic members destroyed”, he said.
 
Sugnu
resolves
(SEX_20_1_2008)
IMPHAL, Jan 19: In
connection with the unfortu- nate incident of January 17, a joint meeting of the
village chiefs and public leaders of Sugnu area was held at the residence of
Councillor of Sugnu Nagar Panchayat ward no. 7 yesterday. The meeting resolved
to work toward maintaining the spirit of peaceful co-existence among the people
of the area.

 

District
status demand for Sadar Hills(SEX_26_1__2008)
24 hours bandh called from Jan 31
By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Jan 25: Renewing the long standing demand for conversion of Sadar Hills
to a full-fledged revenue district and installing separate offices for DC and
SP, a 24-hour total bandh has been called in Sadar Hills area with effect from
midnight of January 31 to midnight of February 1.

 


Bloodspill in Assam bandh mayhem(TEL_ 3_1_2008)

OUR CORRESPONDENT

Dhubri, Jan.
2: Curfew was clamped in Lakhipur town and the army asked to move in after a
three-day bandh that began this morning left a trail of death and destruction in
Goalpara district of Lower Assam.

 


Cong to steal ST thunder(TEL_ 3_1_2008)

A STAFF REPORTER

Guwahati,
Jan. 2:
Buoyed by the high
turnout in the first phase of panchayat polls despite a boycott call, the ruling
Congress is gearing up to “hijack” the ST movement from the organisations that
have been troubling the government with bandhs and blockades.


Eye on riot ‘instigator’(TEL_ 5_1_2008)

A STAFF REPORTER

Guwahati,
Jan. 4:
A leader of the
Non-Rabha Co-ordination Forum has come under the scanner for his role in the
disturbances that led to police firing in

Assam’s
Goalpara district on Wednesday.

Sources
investigating the circumstances that led to the firing did not name the person,
but said he was an alumnus of Darul Uloom Madrasa in Deoband and had served more
than a year in jail.

.2
held for inciting Goalpara violence(TEL_ 6_1_2008)

OUR
CORRESPONDENT

Dhubri,
Jan. 5:
Two persons were
today arrested for inciting violence in Assam’s Goalpara district on Wednesday,
even as Lakhipur town limped back to normal and an all-party peace meeting
resolved to restore peace in the district.

 


Adivasi rebel leader held(TEL_7_1_2008)

OUR CORRESPONDENT

Dibrugarh,
Jan. 6:
The area commander
of the Birsa Commando Force, Jasrious Lakra alias Raj Urang, was apprehended by
19 Kumaon regiment of the army this morning. Lakra was arrested from Bishrampur
under Pengeri police station in Tinsukia district. A large quantity of arms,
ammunition, explosives and incriminating documents were seized from him.

 


Adivasis reject probe panel(TEL_9_1_2008)

OUR CORRESPONDENT

Guwahati,
Jan. 8:
The All Adivasi
Students’ Association of Assam today decided to stay away from the judicial
inquiry instituted by Dispur into the Beltola violence, saying that nothing
would come out of it. The declaration by the association, which had sponsored
the Adivasi rally that culminated in the mob mayhem in Beltola, is seen as a
major setback to the one-man commission of Justice (retd) R.K Manisena Singh.

 



Fresh oath-taking by Debulal
(SEN_9_1_2008)
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Jan 8: Debulal Hojai today took fresh oath as the Chief Executive
Member (CEM) of the North Cachar Hill Autonomous Council (NCHAC). Today’s
oath-taking has put an end to the Constitutional crisis that arose as the
Governor had not approved the December 14 oath-taking of Debulal as NCHAC CEM.



BPF appeals for people’s cooperation for devp of BTC (SEN_15_1_2008)
From our Correspondent
UDALGURI, Jan 14 : The Bodoland people’s Front (BPF) appeals to the people to
co-operate with the party for the sake of regional development in the Bodoland
Territorial Council (BTC) area.
Lwmshrw Daimary the executive member of BTC and also the secretary of BPF urged
the people to be cautious and not to be misled by the opposition party citing
the names of Rabinram Narzary and UG Brahma he says that they are making hue and
cry just to mislead the people.


SC relief for
Bru refugees
(SEN_17_1_2008)
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Jan 16: The Supreme Court, taking cognizance of a writ petition
(694/2007) filed by the Asian Indigenous and Tribal People’s Network and the
Mizoram Bru Displaced People’s Forum against the Centre and the State
Governments of Mizoram and Tripura over repatriation and resettlement of over
35,000 Bru and Reangs displaced from Mizoram in October 1997, has tagged the
petition to another writ petition (no. 1/2005) filed by Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram in
this regard.
 

BTC bandh
total in Kokrajhar
(SEN_17_1_2008)
From our
Correspondent
KOKRAJHAR, Jan 16: The 12-hour BTC bandh given by the BPPF to protest against
the attack on BPPF president Kobi Ranjan Basumatary by armed miscreants evoked
total response in the district.

 


Chakmas
demand suspension of border fencing
(SEN_17_1_2008)
AIZAWL, Jan 16:
Chakma residents in Mizoram, near the Indo-Bangla border, today demanded
immediate suspension of the ongoing border fencing unless an appropriate
rehabilitation programme was made.
“We are not against fencing of the Indo-Bangladesh border but we want the
authorities to order suspension of work till a concrete rehabilitation programme
is put into place,” Young Chakma Association legal cell advisor Dilip Kanti
Chakma said this morning.

 



JCC condems violence in NC Hills(SEN_19_1_2008)
HAFLONG, Jan 18: The Joint
co-ordination committee (JCC) ASDC/BJP alliance NC Hills distict committee,
Haflong vehemeatly condemn the killing of 2 persons by unknown militants at
Maibong on the January 16.

 


BPFPR to
raise Boro national issues for solution
(SEN_19_1_2008)
From our Correspondent
UDALGURI, Jan 18: The All Boro Peace Forum (ABPF) which was formed to initiate
peace process with National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) in 2004 is now
renamed as Boro People’s Forum for Peace and Rights (BPFPR).
The delegates session of ABPF 2nd Annual Conference held at Batasipur (Dhekiajuli)
has unanimously approved this and affirmed its stand for the unity and
solidarity amongst the indigenous Boro people



‘Jehadi groups turning sar areas into a safe haven for criminals’(SEN_19_1_2008)
Congress Govt weak towards minorities: HYCP
Our Correspondent
NAGAON, Jan 18: Taking advantage of the alleged ‘weakness’ of the present
Congress-led Government for the religious minority community as well as the
Jehadi groups, the different Maulabadi extremist groups are spreading their
tentacles in different parts of the State at an alarming rate, particularly in
the religious minority-dominated areas and in sar areas, alleged Brajen Kakoti,
president, Hindu Yuva Chatra Parishad (HYCP), Asom.

 



Khasis living in KA cannot claim land as their own: Ingti(SEN_19_1_2008)
From our Correspondent
HAMREN, Jan 18: Biren Singh Ingti, sitting Member of Parliament, paid a visit to
the border areas of Meghalaya-Karbi Anglong recently to take stock of situation
and to inquire into the needs of the people living in the border areas. He was
accompanied by MLA from 20 Baithalangso LAC constituency Dr Mansing Rongpi, MAC
from Socheng constituency, Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) Ms Bina
Ranghangpi, KAAC member and Bidya Sing Teron, chairman of the Forest Board, KAAC
and secretary of the district Congress, Karbi Anglong.
 


MPCC demands
removal of Chakma CEM


(SEN_19_1_2008)
AIZAWL, Jan 18: The Mizoram
Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) today urged Mizoram Governor M M Lakhera to
remove the Chakma Autonomous District Council’s (CADC) Chief Executive Member (CEM)
for allegedly misappropriating funds under the Rastriya Sam Vikash Yajona (RSVY).

The MPCC took the step following an Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) inquiry,
ordered by the Governor, which found the allegations against the Chakma council
authority to be true.

 



Moran bodies condemn CTS director statement opposing ST status(SEN_9_1_2008)
From our Reporter
TINSUKIA, Jan 8: Leading organizations of the Moran community, All Assam Moran
Students’ Union (AAMSU), Assam Moran Xabha (AMX), All Assam Moran Jatiya Mahila
Parishad (AAMJMP) at a press meet held at the Tinsukia Press Club have strongly
reacted to the statements of Lakshminath Panging, Director of the Centre for
Tribal Studies (CTS), Asom, situated at Guwahati, where, while talking to the
media, had opposed the accord of Scheduled Tribe (ST) status to the six
indigenous communities — Moran, Mottock, Tai Ahom, Tea tribes, Chutia and Koch
Rajbongshi — based on their history and social status and had suggested
community-wise reservation for them.

 


‘DBHA plans
to bring new revolution on Bodo Drama’


(SEN_10_1_2008)
From our Correspondent
KOKRAJHAR, Jan 9: The Dularai Bodo Harimu Afat (DBHA) has decided to bring a new
revolution among the upcoming generation to revive the “Bodo drama” and
‘yatragan’ which is on its diminishing trend. The decision was taken in the 6th
Annual Convention of DBHA held at Mushalpur in Baksa district which ended
successfully on January 8.

 



Asomiya as State language: AXX sets deadline for Govt(SEN_10_1_2008)
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Jan 9: Two days after a host of litterateurs of the State, including
Axom Xahitya Xabha (AXX) president Kanaksen Deka, the apex literary body of the
State today set a deadline of April 14 to the State Government for complete
implementation of the Official Languages Act, failing which it has threatened to
launch a total non-cooperation movement.

 



Non-Rabhas to start mass agitation today(SEN_12_1_2008)
 By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Jan 11: After a brief lull, especially after the Lakhipur police
firing incident where as many as 8 people were killed and over 50 others
injured, non-Rabha communities have again raised their voices demanding
panchayat elections be held in Rabha Hasong Autonomous Council (RHAC) areas in
Goalpara district.
An executive meeting of non-Rabha bodies which also included the Panchayat
Elections Demand Committee, Nagarik Adhikar Suraksha Sangrami Mancha and the
Non-Rabha Sammanay Rakhi Manch, held at Goalpara yesterday, demanded of the
Government to announce notification for panchayat elections in RHAC areas by
January 20.

 



Panchayat polls in RHAC areas (SEN_12_1_2008)
It may be mentioned here
that the State Government had postponed polls in areas under the RHAC. Non Rabha
communities, on the other hand, have been pressing the Government with its
demand for holding of panchayat elections along with other parts of the State.

 


EMs for NCHAC
proposed
(SEN_12_1_2008)

HAFLONG, Jan 11: The Principal Secretary of the North Cachar Hills Autonomous
Council (NCHAC), through a letter No. NCHA/GAD/1/2007-08/6, addressed to the
Commissioner and Secretary, Hill Areas department, Government of Asom, has
requested for the approval of the Asom Governor, for the appointment of
executive members of the council, stated a press release. The Principal
Secretary has requested for the approval of the Asom Governor as required under
Rule 19(1) and 20(1) of the Assam Autonomous Districts (Constitution of District
Councils) Rules, 1951. Mohet Hojai, Kalijoy Sengyung, Mahendra Chandra Nunisa,
Golon Daulagupu, Bijoyendra Sengyung, Ntingbambe Newme, Laltlansang Hmar,
Debojit Thaosen, Hamjanan Langthasa, Ngamsei Hengma, Subrata Hojai and Kulendra
Daulagupu are the names of the advised members.

 




Prohibitory orders clamped in Shillong
(NPT_15_1_2008)

Correspondent

SHILLONG:
Prohibitory orders have
been clamped in Meghalaya’s East Khasi Hills district prohibiting the Federation
of Khasi Jaintia and Garo People’s holding of hunger strike in front of the main
secretariat. The FKJGP has decided to go on a six-hunger strike in protest
against the Congress-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance government decision to
hand over power projects to private companies in the state.

 



ENPO, SH resolve(NPT_15_1_2008)

DIMAPUR:
The Eastern Nagaland Peoples’
Organization (ENPO) and the Sumi Hoho (SH) have resolved to support the Naga
Unification movement among the Nagas without any discrimination and territorial
limit. In a consultative meeting with the Sumi Hoho, the Unification camp, Core
committee and the NSCN (IM) on January 8 and 9, the ENPO and SH adopted
resolutions and appealed the public not to cooperate with any factions that
violated the resolutions. ENPO and SH have also decided to form a joint co-
ordination committee to work for the Naga unification.

 



NSCN(K) poser to GBs, DBs(NPT_16_1_2008)

Dimapur, Jan 15 (NPN):
Expressing its anger over the killing
of three of its cadre members and abduction of another civilian in Mokokchung by
the NSCN (I-M) on January 14, the NSCN(K) Tuesday demanded a clarification from
the GBs and DBs’ Federation over the authenticity of the declaration of
ceasefire agreement signed on January 7, 2008, in Kohima that was initiated by
the Federation.

 



Kuda villageday observed(NPT_16_1_2008)

Staff Reporter

DIMAPUR:
The 67th Kuda (Nagarjan) Village Day was observed on Tuesday at

Greenwood
School campus, Kuda (Nagarjan),
Dimapur, coinciding with the dedication programme of the new chapel hall of the
school.

On the occasion, Kolhulie Nagi an
elder of the village was the speaker, speaking on the topic ‘towards
excellence,’ he also narrated the story of the village in the early days. He
further exhorted the gathering about the ways of live and called upon the
gathering to live wisely, truthfully with all honesty to excel in one’s life.

 



Sumis for unity(NPT_17_1_2008)

Dimapur, Jan 16 (NPN): A “Peace and Unification Rally”,
organized in Zunheboto on Tuesday, resolved to unanimously reiterate and
reaffirm the Sumi resolutions adopted on December 11 and December 27 last year.

 

 



WSKH supports unification(NPT_19_1_2008)

DIMAPUR, Jan 18 (NPN): The village
heads (GBs) of Western Sumi in a general meeting unanimously decided to support
the 9-point resolution adopted in support of unification of all Naga National
workers at the Sumi Public Rally organized by Sumi Hoho on January 15 at
Zunheboto. 

 

 



SH, WSH plea on unity(NPT_20_1_2008)

 

DIMAPUR, JAN 19 (NPN): Appealing to
all Sumi underground workers in particular and all Nagas in general, to
cooperate with the unification process, the Sumi Hoho (SH) and Western Sumi Hoho
(WSH) also urged all individuals and groups not to issue any provocative
statement that might disrupt the ongoing Naga unification.

 




Villagers nab NNC member
(NPT_26_1_2008)

Correspondent

IMPHAL:
Villagers caught one person belonging to Naga Nationalist Council (NNC), and
handed him over to the police, along with an M-20 gun loaded with five live
rounds.

The NNC members had allegedly
intruded into Chanbilok village in Senapati district and were demanding money on
Tuesday (January 22), a delay report from police said Friday.

 

 



KSTT condemns(NPT_26_1_2008)

DIMAPUR:
The Kangtsung Senso Telongjem Tuli,
Town (KSTT) has strongly condemned the brutal killing of Zulunungba son of
Sutsungmenba a bonafide citizen of Kangtsung village by Tiatemjen, son of
Ongtensangba of Wameken village on a broad daylight on January 2 at bazaar
junction, 18th Mile Tuli town. A release jointly issued by KSTT president, I
Tali Jamir and general secretary, M Mar Jamir stated that the union will not
leave even a single stone unturned till the culprit is caught and booked.

 

 Naxalites
using AUDF as launch pad in Asom (SEN_2_1_2008)

By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Jan 1: The AUDF is being used as the launch pad to expand their
network by the People’s Democratic Conference of India (PDCI) and Naxalites like
the CPI(ML) in Asom. PDCI leader Sardar Amjad Ali and Naxalite leader (CPI-ML
general secretary) Santosh Rana had been in the State for the last four days
when they campaigned for the AUDF in as many as 41 villages in Sonitpur,
Morigaon, Barpeta and Darrang districts where the AUDF have fielded a large
number of candidates for the panchayat polls.

 



Agitation demanding panchayat polls in RHAC turns



violent(SEN_3_1_2008)
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Jan 2: As many as eight people were killed today in two police firing
incidents on non-Rabha mobs at Lakhipur in Goalpara district. Night curfew has
been claimed in Lakhipur area in the district.
According to police sources, during the Ana-Rabha Samanvay Aikya Mancha (ARSAM)-sponsored
48-hour national highway blockade that began from 5 am today, thousands of non-Rabhas
took to the streets at about 12.30 noon. The processionists went berserk and
started to break and torch vehicles near Lakhipur police station

 



Multi-crore-rupee LoS scam detected in KAAC(SEN_3_1_2008)
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Jan 2: A multi-crore-rupee letter of sanction (LoS) scam has been
detected, and a case has been filed in Dispur police station in this regard. The
prime accused of the scam has already been detected, but no arrest has been made
as yet.

 

Sangma
appeals to PM for restoration of peace in Orissa(SEN_3_1_2008)

Our Staff Correspondent
SHILLONG, Jan 2: Perturbed by the Hindu – Christian riot in Orissa, the Former
Lok Sabha Speaker and NCP leader Purno A Sangma has appealed to the Prime
Minister to restore peace in the State
In an open letter to the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, Sangma stated, “The
recent attack on the churches in Orissa and the merciless killings of the
Christians there has shocked the entire Christian community particularly those
in the Northeast India”.

 



Jharkhand leader to raise Beltola incident in int’l tribal meet



(SEN_4_1_2008)

Jamshedpur, Jan 3:
Jharkhand Disom Party (JDP) chairman Salkhan Murmu, who, during his visit to
Asom after the Beltola mob violence incident, today urged tribal leaders,
participating in the ongoing International Tribal Meet in New Delhi to discuss
the attack and their ‘apartheid-like treatment’ by the Government.

 

AXX backs
communities’ demand for ST status(SEN_5_1_2008)

From our Correspondent
UDALGURI, Jan 4: The apex literary body of the State, Axom Xahitya Xabha (AXX),
has backed the ST demand of six Asom communities. AXX secretary Dr Prodeep Kumar
Bhuyan said that the six communities should be given ST status for their overall
development.

 


Now division
among Adivasi leaders on poll-boycott call
(SEN_6_1_2008)
From our Staff Correspondent
DIBRUGARH, Jan 5: The election-boycott call given by the All Tea Tribe Students’
Association (ATTSA) in protest against the failure of political parties to
support their demand for scheduling turned out to be a flop show in the tea
estates of upper Asom.
The six communities, which have been demanding ST status, called for the boycott
of the panchayat elections to air resentment over the negative attitude of the
State Government to their demand. The ATTSA had also distributed leaflets in
each and every tea estate of upper Asom urging the people to do the same. But
significantly, 60 to 70 per cent of the tea tribe community defied ATTSA’s call
and exercised their voting rights in almost all tea estates.

 


Army moves
out of Goalpara; curfew relaxed
(SEN_6_1_2008)
GUWAHATI, Jan 5: The indefinite curfew in Lakhipur area of Goalpara
district was relaxed for more than four hours today as the situation improved
steadily after Wednesday’s twin police firing, which left eight dead. The Army
had also been sent back after it was engaged in maintaining law and order
following the incident. Goalpara Superintendent of Police Abhijit Borah said:
“The situation is normal and no untoward incident has been reported since
Wednesday.”

 

 



‘No objection in granting ST status to Koch Rajbongshi



community’(SEN_6_1_2008)

TAMARHAT, Jan 5: “The panchayat election is no longer part of the rural society,
it has assumed the importance of Assembly elections in the State. The main motto
of this election is to bring about around development in rural areas through
decentralisation of power”, said Panchayat and Transport Minister, Asom, Chandan
Brahma at a largely-attended election rally held at Hatidhura College under
Tamarhat PS in Kokrajhar district yesterday. “For the uplift of the rural areas
of Asom”, the minister said, “23 different departments have already been handed
over to the Panchayati Raj Institutions in the State and this panchayat system
is far better than that of other States in South India”.

 


Bodo
community asked to preserve Bathou culture
(SEN_6_1_2008)

From our Correspondent
UDALGURI, Jan 5: The Bathou Religious Union, in a statement has urged the Bodo
community to stick to their own culture and identity. The union stated that the
philosophy of the Bathou religion is a primitive and age-old tradition of the
community. There has been a growing threat of conversion by the Bodo people to
follow other religions, which has threatened the very existence of the Bathou
religion, according to the union leaders.

 



70 litterateurs arrested, freed(SEN_8_1_2008)
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Jan 7: Over 70 senior members of the Axom Xahitya Xabha (AXX),
litterateurs, journalists, intellectuals and retired bureaucrats were arrested
by the State police force today when the former went to submit a memorandum to
Chief Secretary PC Sarma demanding implementation of Asomiya as the official
language in all the State Government offices in toto from

 


‘Give
community-wise quota, not ST status to six groups’
(SEN_8_1_2008)
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Jan 7: The Centre for Tribal Studies, Assam (CTSA), an academic body
working on tribal culture and publishing books on tribals of Asom, has
threatened to move the Supreme Court, if the State Government does not stop its
“cat-and-mouse game” with the sentiment of the ethnic communities of the State
on the Scheduled Tribe (ST) issue.

 

 
No witness
for hearing in Adivasi rally violence case
(SEN_8_1_2008)
Staff Reporter &
UNI
GUWAHATI, Jan 7: No witnesses turned up before the RK Monisana Singh Inquiry
Commission probing the violence in Guwahati during an Adivasi rally on November
24 last on its first day of hearing today.
The Justice (retd) RK Monisana Singh Commission was scheduled to conduct the
first hearing of the Beltola violence case at the Circuit House in Guwahati, and
seven people were scheduled to dispose before the Commission

 


NCHAC EC on
January 9
(SEN_8_1_2008)
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Jan 7: Asom Governor Lt Gen (retired) Ajai Singh has finally approved
the appointment of Debulal Hojai as the Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the
newly-elected North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council (NCHAC) and Mayanan Kamprai
as the chairman of the ruling coalition, UDA, Raj Bhavan sources said here
today.

 


Projection of
BPF candidates outside BTC creates controversy
(SEN_8_1_2008)
From our Correspondent
TAMARHAT, Jan 7 : “I do not understand why the Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) has
projected candidates for the panchayat elections in four Gaon Panchayats (GPs)
in 35 villages outside the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC). The BPF is
limited within the BTC area”, said Wazed Ali Choudhury, former Agricultural
Minister of Asom and present chairman of Assam State Housing board, having
cabinet rank, stated in an election rally at Hatidhura College field on Monday.

 

 


Bangla rebels
blamed(TEL, 16-1-2008)

OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT

New Delhi,
Jan. 15:
BJP legislators
from Bihar have spoken up for the Hindi-speaking people in Assam, in an apparent
bid to raise the anti-Bangladeshi bogey again.

In a letter to
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday, the BJP leaders listed the incidents of
violence against non-Assamese people. In the process, the BJP turned Ulfa into a
lesser evil. The party laid the blame on Bangladeshi outfit, the Harkat-ul
Jehadi Islami (Huji), charging them with being behind most incidents of violence
in the last two years.

 


Mob goes on
rampage in Assam(TEL, 17-1-2008)

OUR CORRESPONDENT

Kokrajhar,
Jan. 16:
A mob burnt down
a camp of former Bodo Liberation Tigers (BLT) militants at Mukuldang in Assam’s
Kokrajhar district this evening, accusing them of harassing the villagers
without any provocation.

 


‘Ethnic’ book
fair to break mould (TEL,18-1-2008)

OUR CORRESPONDENT Karbi
Anglong

Jan. 17:
An ethnic melting pot that
has unfairly come to be associated only with violence, Karbi Anglong also
produces literature steeped in the ethos of tribal life and evoking the smell of
the earth.

Some of these
fine examples of writing in the Karbi and Dimasa languages will be on display at
the district’s first book fair, beginning January 31.

 


Assamese too
a dying community, says public activist(AST_1_1_2008)
 GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – In view of the
deafening silence of all concerned on the grievous issue of thousands of dead
fishes suddenly floating on the waters of the Brahmaputra in the capital city
itself and the Government’s ‘grand success’ in making the people entirely forget
the matter in spite of its ‘wilful and deliberate failure’ to inform the polity
about the cause of the phenomenon even after eleven days, public activist Prof
Deven Dutta has termed the Assamese as a ‘dying community’.

 ‘Lai-khuta’
installed at mid-term Sabha session site(AST_30_1_2008)
 KAMPUR, Jan 29 – The ‘Lai-khuta’ (first
post erected on ground) of the 5th mid-term Sabha session at Dakshinpat near
here was installed at Sankar-Nanak-Ajanpir Kshetra, the venue of the session
amidst enthusiasm and in presence of a large number of people from every nook
and corner of Nagaon district besides prominent personalities and litterateurs.


Exclusion of hill districts from list decried(AST_30_1_2008)
 DIPHU, Jan 29 – Disgruntled activists of
CPI(ML), KSA, KNCA, AIPWA, RYA, AISA, and KANKIS staged a dharna on Friday in
front of deputy commissioner’s office here in protest against the UPA
government’s decision to exclude Karbi Anglong and North Cachar Hills from the
list of the proposed 2nd State Re-organisation Commission.


Bandh in Sadar Hills on Feb 1(AST_30_1_2008)
 IMPHAL, Jan 29 – A 24-hour total bandh
has been called on February 1 in Sadar Hills area under Senapati district. The
bandh will begin at midnight of January 31.
It has been called by Sadar Hills District Demand Committee, renewing their
long-standing demand for conversion of the district into a full-fledged revenue
district.

 Assamese
too a dying community, says public activist(AST_1_1_2008)
 GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – In view of the deafening silence of all concerned
on the grievous issue of thousands of dead fishes suddenly floating on the
waters of the Brahmaputra in the capital city itself and the Government’s ‘grand
success’ in making the people entirely forget the matter in spite of its ‘wilful
and deliberate failure’ to inform the polity about the cause of the phenomenon
even after eleven days, public activist Prof Deven Dutta has termed the Assamese
as a ‘dying community’.

5 killed,
20 hurt in Goalpara firing(AST_3_1_2008)
By A Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Jan 2 – Five persons were killed and at least 20 others injured when
police opened fire at an unruly mob at Lakhipur under Lakhipur police station in
Goalpara district during the bandh sponsored by groups opposing the postponement
of the Panchayat polls in the Rabha Hasong Autonomous Council area this morning.

The Goalpara district administration has clamped indefinite curfew in the
Lakhipur police station area from 4 pm today to bring the situation under
control.

Coins of
Ahom rulers can throw light on past(AST_3_1_2008)

By A Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Jan 2 – A valuable addition to Assam’s history could be made if
historians and researchers focus their attention on its ancient and medieval
coins. The Ahom coins alone would open up a treasure trove of information that
has hitherto remained hidden.

Lakhipur
tense, curfew on?(AST_4_1_2008)

By A Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Jan 3 – The situation in violence-hit Lakhipur in Goalpara district
was tense but under control today. The curfew imposed in the area last afternoon
has not been relaxed till filing of this report. There was flag march by the
Army in the affected area today.

 

Tribal
bodies call bandh on Jan 11(IFP_10_1_2008)

Newmai News
Network

Imphal, Jan 9: In a show of solidarity to the joint initiative of two tribal
apex bodies – Kuki Inpi Manipur (KIM) and United Naga Council (UNC) – in
pursuing concerned authority to expedite the process of delimitation in Manipur
without any further delay, the Kuki Students` Organization General headquarters
(KSO-GHQ) and the All Naga Students` Association, Manipur (ANSAM) have called
12-hour Manipur bandh on January 11.



`Tax demand` perturbs Jiri residents (IFP_16_1_2008)

IMPHAL, Jan
15: There is considerable disquiet among the residents of the Dibong area in
Jiribam town in the wake of the delivery of what appears to be a `tax demand`
addressed to the Meitei community living there.

The `tax demand` written on plain paper without any letter head, was handed over
to an elderly resident of Dibong by a rickshaw driver apparently on the
instructions of some unknown persons in the first week of this month, and has
caused alarm among the community.



Talk on national character (IFP_19_1_2008)

IMPHAL, Jan 17: Dr A Bimol Akoijam of the Centre for the Study of Developing
Societies, New Delhi, will be delivering a talk on `National Character and
Manipur`s Response to Crises` at the Lecture Hall of the Department of
Economics, Manipur University tomorrow at 1 pm.

The talk will be organized by the Centre for Manipur Studies, MU. Dr Bimol`s
talk will be centred on how as a nation, the people of Manipur, respond to the
various crises happening in Manipur. He will be talking on the present trend of
response to crises as well as various historical accounts. Academicians,
intellectuals, journalists, among others will be attending the talk. As per a
press communiquthe talk will be
followed by discussion. Interested persons are invited to join the talk and
discussion to initiate a dialogue process in the state.



Nupigi Phidam Phirepnaba Numit observed(IFP_20_1_2008)

The Imphal
Free Press

IMPHAL, Jan 19: The 18th Nupigi Phidam Phirepnaba Numit was observed today at
Kangla Hall Imphal organised by Leimarol Lamjingkon (LEIMAKON).

The observation was attended by K Taruni, president All Manipur Women`s Social
Reformation and Development Samaj (Nupi Samaj) and MC Reeta, president LEIMAKON
as chief guest and president respectively.



ACU condemns(NPT_3_1_2008)

Dimapur,
Jan 2 (NPN):
The Angami
Catholic Union (ACU) has condemned the recent attacks on Christians in Orissa. A
release issued jointly by ACU president Luolhoulie Linus and its general
secretary Neisievilie Joseph lamented that the "Hindutva fundamentalists" had
perpetrated the attacks when the whole world was welcoming the Prince of Peace.
The signatories pointed out that in a secular country, which India professed,
every citizen had the freedom to worship, propagate, practice and embrace any
religion of his or her choice. However, they lamented, the actions of the "Hindu
fanatics" in Orissa and elsewhere in the country did not reflect this principle.


 



KU, SH to support unification movement(NPT_5_1_2008)

Correspondent

MON, Jan 4:
The Konyak Union (KU) and Sumi Hoho (SH)
have resolved to support the ongoing unification movement initiated by the
"like-minded NSCN" cadres and appealed to all the factions and Naga communities
to work out modalities for "in toto unification of Naga warring factions." The
two apex tribal bodies of the Konyaks and Sumis also appealed for an end to
fratricidal killings in order to pave the way for solution to the Naga political
problem. The resolution came about following a two-day marathon meeting of Sumi
Hoho officials and the Konyak Union advisory board, which concluded here Friday.


 



Sumi Hoho rally(NPT_6_1_2008)

DIMAPUR, JAN 5 (NPN):
In connection with the ongoing Naga
unification process, the Sumi Hoho will be organizing a second Sumi public rally
on January 15 at Zunheboto town at 10 a.m. Informing all Sumis to attend the
rally, Sumi Hoho in a press release also said it was mandatory for every
village/town GBs, VCC and church leaders to attend the rally. Meanwhile, the
hoho has also informed Sumi Hoho executive members and leaders of various
frontal organizations to attend the first executive committee meeting of the new
team of Sumi Hoho slated for January 14 at the Sumi Hoho office premise,
Zunheboto, at
10 a.m


 



MVC clarifies on clash(NPT_9_1_2008)

Dimapur, Jan 8 (NPN):
Reacting to the recent clash near
Dimapur-Peren district boundary, the Mhaikam Village Council (MVC) Tuesday said
the clash erupted after one Judao Zeliang while cultivating the field of his
brother Atui Zeliang had accidentally encroached upon the

land of Moni Dash, Head GB of
Tiesagophu village. Clarifying the incident, the MVC chairman in a release
alleged that when Atui came to know about the incident and later met Moni Dash
to discuss the matter, he (Atui) was manhandled and beaten up by Moni Dash.

 



Kangtsung senso refutes(NPT_10_1_2008)

DIMAPUR:
The Kangtsung Senso Telongjem Mongdang (KSTM) has refuted the news item under
the caption "Kangtsung Village Council affirms" which published by I. Nungkum in
the name of the chairman of Kangtsung Village Council (KVC).  A press release
jointly issued by I. Chuba Lemtur, president and Mar Imsong, general secretary
of KSTM has urged all not to take the publication that since the tenure of I.
Nungkum as the chairman of KVC was over. It also stated that the representation
submitted to the ADC Tuli on January 4 was given by the office of the KSTM after
its emergency executive meeting "which is the highest body nominated by the KSTM."
It also stated "if Nungkum treat the KSTM official as some vested interested
persons then he alone is answerable for his action." It further stressed that
the KSTM will not tolerate such "reckless" action and will take stern action in
due course of time.

 



ENPO, SH resolve on unification(NPT_11_1_2008)

DIMAPUR, JAN 10 (NPN):
The Sumi Hoho (SH) and Eastern
Nagaland People’s Organisation (ENPO) have resolved to whole heartedly support
all initiatives and efforts for the unification of Naga people, irrespective of
territorial demarcation. A joint meeting of the two tribal bodies held at
Thahekhu village on January 8 on Naga unification also resolved that there
should not be bloodshed, threat, intimidation and discrimination in any form
amongst the Nagas and that both ENPO and SH would appeal to the public for
non-cooperation to any faction that violated the resolution.

 



Sumi region NSCNs declare unification(NPT_12_1_2008)

DIMAPUR, JAN 11 (NPN): The
unification declaration programme of the NSCN (I-M) and NSCN (K) Sumi Region was
held on January 10 at Zunheboto town, where civil societies and church leaders
attended to appreciate and pray for the coming together, informed the Sumi
Baptist Akukuhou Kuqhakulu (SBAK).

 



‘Police could have opted for other means to control Goalpara mob’(AST_4_1_2008)
By A City Correspondent
 GUWAHATI, Jan 3 – Former Lok Sabha Speaker and senior NCP leader PA Sangma on
Thursday described the Goalpara incident, wherein seven persons were killed and
several others injured, as very unfortunate and stressed on the need for refors
in the police department.
 


BPF meet concludes(AST_4_1_2008)
From Our Correspondent
 GORESWAR, Jan 3 – The 2nd annual conference of Goreswar Block Bodo People’s
Front (BPF) committee was held recently at the Kaurbaha Balika High School
premises.
On the first day of the conference, the delegates session was addressed by Mohan
Chandra Boro, Umesh Chandra Boro and Nurul Haque. This was followed by a
cultural programme. The next day, Moni Ram Deka president, Goreswar Youth Block
BPF committee hoisted the party flag. This was followed by tree plantation as
well as smriti tarpan.

 


Curfew
relaxed at Lakhipur, death toll 8(AST_5_1_2008)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 4 – Curfew at Lakhipur in Assam’s Goalpara district
was relaxed for two hours today, even as one injured person in the Wednesday’s
violence died today taking the toll to eight, reports PTI. The curfew, clamped
after the violence on Wednesday, was relaxed in the area since 1.30 PM, where an
uneasy calm prevailed.
The sources said one of the injured, identified as Sahidul Islam, succumbed to
his wounds at the Gauhati Medical College Hospital this morning.

Bhutanese
celebrate Tali Tshechu fest(AST_5_1_2008)
From Our Correspondent
 KOKRAJHAR, Jan 4 – Bhutanese in the sub-divisional town of Gelemphu in Sarpang
district bordering India celebrates three days of religious festival bringing
the curtains down on the old year and heralding the New Year.
This religious festival of Tali Tshechu is performed every year with traditional
rituals and cultural participation at Guru Tshengey in their traditional and
customary costumes.

Lakhipur
still tense, curfew relaxed(AST_6_1_2008)
From Our Correspondent
 GOALPARA, Jan 6 – Curfew at Lakhipur town and its neighbouring areas in
Goalpara district was relaxed for four hours with effect from 12 noon to 4.00 pm
today. The curfew was imposed in the area after the violence on Wednesday last
where an uneasy calm is still prevailing.

Lakhipur
situation improves, curfew relaxed(AST_7_1_2008)
From A Correspondent
 LAKHIPUR, Jan 6 – With the situation in Lakhipur and the adjoining areas in
Goalpara district showing improvement, the curfew was relaxed in the area for
eight and a half hours with effect from 8 am today. The curfew was imposed in
the areas after Wednesday’s violence. People were seen moving on the streets and
flocking to the shops to buy essential items and medicines. But the Army has
continued with the flag marches to maintain peace in Lakhipur town area even as
a heavy presence of police and CRPF personnel has also been instrumental in
preventing eruption of further violence.

‘Bodos
must cultivate work culture’(AST_7_1_2008)
From Our Correspondent
 MUSHALPUR, Jan 6 – “There is no alternative to hard work for all-round
development. We, the Bodos, must develop work culture. It is unfortunate that
some Bodo people are still reluctant about educating their children in Bodo
medium when even some Japanese and Chinese people are coming forward to learn
the Bodo language,” said Brajendra Kumar Brahma, president of the Bodo Sahitya
Sabha.

 Let court
settle Khasi identity issue: Congress(AST_7_1_2008)
Newmai News Network
 SHILLONG, Jan 6 – Caught in a dilemma on the issue of “Khasi identity” raised
by the Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the District Council HS Shylla, the
Meghalaya Congress leadership wanted the court to settle the matter. Shylla, who
was piqued by Waibha Kyndiah to contest from the Nongkrem seat, has questioned
the latter’s eligibility to contest from a reserved seat by terming him as a
non-Khasi for taking his father’s surname instead of the customary adoption of
the mother’s name the tradition followed by the Khasi community.

 Sahitya
Sabha chief, 74 others arrested(AST_8_1_2008)
By A Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Jan 7 – City police today arrested a 75-member team of the Asam
Sahitya Sabha office bearers, members and supporters while they were proceeding
towards the State Secretariat to submit a memorandum to the Chief Secretary on
the implementation of the Official Languages Act. They included Sabha president
Kanak Sen Deka and veteran freedom fighter and journalist Shiva Prasad Baruah.

 


Govt
‘creating’ distrust among ethnic groups(AST_8_1_2008)
By A Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Jan 7 – The Centre for Tribal Studies, Assam (CTSA), a non-government
research organisation, has blamed the State Government for the present situation
resulting from the restlessness among the six ethnic groups on the issue of
Scheduled Tribe (ST) status. The State Government is making things more
complicated by not telling the truth involving the issue. It has deliberately
created the present situation of mutual distrust and violence on the issue, said
the CTSA members at a press conference here this morning.

Tribal
youth shot dead(AST_8_1_2008)
 AGARTALA, Jan 7 – A tribal youth was today shot dead by para-military
Tripura State Rifles personnel who mistook him to be a militant after which
activists of an opposition party set on fire five houses of ruling CPI(M)
leaders in West Tripura district. Seventeen-year-old Dhananjoy Debbarma was
fatally injured when he was fired at by the securitymen, mistaking him for an
insurgent, during a counter-insurgency operation at Tuichakma area. As news of
Debbarma’s death spread, supporters of opposition INPT set ablaze the houses of
CPI-M leaders. – PTI


 



Steps to promote folk culture(AST_9_1_2008)
By Kabita Duarah
 GUWAHATI, Jan 8 –
New Delhi
is keen to promote the rich folk culture of the State and towards that end it
has sponsored a project related to the improvisation of the folk dances of the
Karbi community living in the plains.
The project almost nearing completion under the aegis of the ministry of
culture, Government of India’s scheme for promotion and dissemination of tribal
folk art and culture focuses on three specific dances of the plains Karbis.

 Dimasa
conference at Kampur from Jan 17(AST_9_1_2008)
From Our Correspondent
 KAMPUR, Jan 8 – Preparations are afoot to hold the two-day Dimasa conference
under the auspices of Kampur Kacharipar Dimasa Sangathanik Samiti starting
January 17 with a variety of programmes.
The conference is likely to be attended by Dimasa Kacharis living in the hills
and plains of
Assam,
including the Dimasas of North Cachar Hills, supposed to be the hub of Dimasa
Kacharis.



National integration tour concludes(AST_9_1_2008)
From Our Correspondent
 RANGIYA, Jan 8 – The National Integration Tour to New Delhi and Bangalore,
undertaken by Red Horns Army under the goodwill project of ‘Operation Sadbhavana’,
came to a successful conclusion at Rangiya junction on that very day where
participating schoolchildren from both Darrang and Kamrup districts were
accorded a warm welcome by Maj Gen Gyan Bhushan, VSM, General Officer
Commanding, Red Horns Division and other senior officials of Army in the
presence of mediapersons.

 


Sabha
ultimatum to Govt(AST_10_1_2008)
By A Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Jan 9 – The Asam Sahitya Sabha has served an ultimatum on the State
Government fixing April 14 next as the deadline for implementation of the
Official Languages Act at all levels of the State administration. The Sabha has
warned that it would make an appeal to the people not to cooperate with the
State Government after the expiry of the deadline.

Goreswar
block BPF meet begins today(AST_10_1_2008)
From Our Correspondent
 GORESWAR, Jan 9 – The 2nd annual conference of the Goreswar Block BPF
conference is to be held in the Betna High School and Betna MV School premises
near Goreswar in Baksa district with a dayalong programme from January 10.
On January 10 the party flag will be unfurled by Rama Kanta Basumatary,
president, Goreswar Block BPF while Mohan Chandra Boro will perform the swahid
tarpan. Ghanashyam Deka will open the representative camp while Habibuddin
Ahmed, incharge O/C of Goreswar Police Station will open the dining hall. Nizara
Narzary, secretary, Tamulpur Zila BPF will also inaugurate the Mahila Mancha
representative meet where Nurul Haque and Dharma Kanta Rajbongshi will take part
in it as observers.

List of
EMs for NC Hills sent to Govt(AST_11_1_2008)
By A City Correspondent
 GUWAHATI, Jan 10 – The North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council has sent the list
of the members for appointment as executive members of the 10th council, to the
Government of Assam for necessary approval by the Governor.

‘Sankardev
favoured cohesion, harmony among all indigenous


people’(AST_12_1_2008)
From Our Correspondent
 GORESWAR, Jan 11 – Addressing a huge gathering on the occasion of the open meet
of the 27th annual conference of Srimanta Sankardev Sangha, Rangia Zila Sakha
held at Naokata in Baksa district on January 6 under the aegis of the Mani
Kanchan Anchalik Sakha, Prof Ismail Hussain of the Assam Engineering Institute,
Guwahati– as the appointed speaker said that Srimanta Sankardev who is called
today ‘Mahapurusha’– a great religious saint of Assam favoured cohesion and
harmony among all indigenous people of Assam to create the Assamese nation as a
whole through the propagation of his religion ‘Ek saran Harinaam dharma’. ‘Ek
Saran’– means the philosophy while Harinaam means – Supplication.

Docu on
militancy for New York fest(AST_13_1_2008)By Our Correspondent
 GUWAHATI, Jan 12 – Insurgency and insurgents in the North-east have
always been regarded as a virgin plot for the film-makers across the country but
seldom did the region’s age-old problem witness international attention, be it
through celluloid or any other popular medium. But finally, there is something
to look forward to.



Mohilary’s call for peace and harmony in BTC(AST_14_1_2008)
From Our Correspondent
 GORESWAR, Jan 13 – “No political parties are allowed to work for development of
the BTC except the Bodoland People’s Front (BPF). We got the BPF after a long
agitation by the BLT with a view to bring development and prosperity in the
entire BTC by redressing problems faced by the Bodos in particular living under
the jurisdiction of the present BTC.”



 Plains Karbi Adarbar from January 19(AST_15_1_2008)
By A City Correspondent
 GUWAHATI, Jan 14 – The problems faced by the plains Karbis would be discussed
at length at the convention of the Assam Plains Karbi Adarbar scheduled from
January 19 at the Hengerabari High School ground.
The two-day programme, which will have a cultural touch to it, would also strive
at building the bridge of friendship between other ethnic communities of the
State.


Dimasa National convention from today(AST_17_1_2008)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 16 – Dimasa National Convention is being held on
January 17-18 with a series of programmes at Senapati Tularam Hasnu Kshetra at
Kampur in Nagaon district with the objective of forging unity among Dimasas in
the backdrop of a greater Assam.

 Police
officials grilled on Beltola mayhem(AST_18_1_2008)
By Our Correspondent
 GUWAHATI, Jan 17 – The one-man judicial commission under Justice (retd) RK
Manisana Singh probing the November 24 mob mayhem in city’s Beltola area today
examined a host of police officials including the then Senior Superintendent of
Police (City) Surinder Kumar in the second hearing here at the circuit house.
Amongst the other police officials who were questioned included the then
Officer-in-Charge of Basistha police station PK Borah. Besides, representations
were made by as many as four members of a non-government organisation-North East
Network, a local resident and a retired State Government official, who were
present during the incident.

 



Cong rejects Shylla charges(SHT, 5-1-2008)

By Our
Reporter

SHILLONG:
Congress on Sunday rejected Mr
Shylla’s allegations that MPCC chief OL Nongtdu and Chief Minister DD Lapang had
conspired to sack him as KHADC CEM despite several MDCs being unhappy with the
election of CB Syiem as Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) leader. The party
reiterated that Mr Shylla must either gracefully step down as KHADC chief or
face no-trust vote on February 5.



Army moves out of Goalpara, curfew relaxed (SHT,


6-1-2008)

Guwahati:
The indefinite curfew in Lakhipur area of Assam’s Goalpara district was relaxed
for more than four hours on Saturday as the situation improved steadily after
Wednesday’s twin police firings, which left eight dead.

The Army had also been sent back
after it was engaged in maintaining law and order following the incident.

Goalpara Superintendent of Police
Abhijit Borah said, "The situation is normal and no untoward incident has been
reported since Wednesday. " He informed that the curfew was relaxed from 1130
hours to 1630 hours on Saturday. A decision of withdrawing it completely was
likely in a couple of days.



Hearing on tribal status(SHT, 7-1-2008)

By Our
Reporter

SHILLONG:
The Gauhati High Court has
fixed the hearing of the case challenging the recent State Government order that
the Supreme Court judgement on tribal status of an offspring of non-tribal
father and tribal mother is not applicable in Meghalaya on January 10. While the
apex court judgement holds that children of a non-tribal father and a tribal
mother cannot claim schedule tribe status, according to State Government the
judgement is not applicable in Meghalaya as "it is a matrilineal State".



Four Garo Hills Independent candidates unite to take on political parties
Separate state for Garos tops demand list(SHT, 7-1-2008)

From Our
Correspondent

TURA:
Four Independent candidates of Garo
Hills have come under one platform to take on political parties in the ensuing
elections to the State Assembly. If elected, these four candidates will put
forward a set of demands to the parties, which seek their support to form the
next government.

The Independent candidates John
Leslee K Sangma, Lazarus M Sangma, Sanjib R Marak and Septerwin R Sangma will
contest from Tura, Bahamas, Dalamgre and Rongchugre respectively.



Dorbar Shnong’s concern(SHT, 7-1-2008)

By Our
Reporter

Shillong:
Taking a serious note over
non-attendance of sweepers, labourers and master rolls in cleaning the roadside
grasses and drains for many years, the Dorbar Shnong of Bishnupur Kench’s Trace
has decided to approach the concerned department to depute sweepers, labourers
and master rolls to clean the entire Bishnupur-Kench’s Trace regularly.



Traditional heads oppose power projects handover, uranium mining(SHT, 9-1-
2008)

By Our
Reporter

Shillong:
The Grassroots Democracy Advisory
Council (GDAC) has condemned the State Government for its decision to hand over
the power projects to private companies.

The council comprises Ka Dorbar Ki
Nongsynshar Ka Ri Hynniewtrep (Federation of 25 Khasi States), Ka Dorbar Ki
Doloi and Council of Nokmas.

 



Half of Assam population don’t speak Assamese(SHT, 9-1-2008)

Guwahati:
The Directorate of Census, in a recently released data of state-wise language
figure, has said that more than half of Assam’s inhabitants do not speak
Assamese.

The report
stated that only 49.44 per cent of people speak Assamese while 27.91 per cent
speak Bengali followed by 5.97 per cent Hindi and 4.93 per cent Bodo.

 



NSCN (I-M) declares ‘emergency in Nagalim’(SHT_13_1_2008)

DIMAPUR:
A day after accusing the Centre of
foul play on the thorny Naga unification issue, NSCN (I-M) on Saturday declared
"emergency in Nagalim due to the precarious situation threatening peace and
normal state of affairs in Greater Nagaland."



 



Traditional chiefs take demands to Delhi(SHT_13_1_2008)

From Our
Spl Correspondent

NEW DELHI:
Traditional tribal chiefs of various
ethnic groups of Meghalaya met the Union Minister for DoNER Mani Shankar Aiyer
for the first time in 60 years and apprised him about the problems of their
respective areas starting from lack of development to infiltration.

The delegation also demanded creation
of legislative council (upper house) in Meghalaya to give representation to
persons of various groups and the tribal chiefs. They, however, denied any
political ambition of the tribal chiefs.





FAF decides to withdraw agitation(SHT_16_1_2008)

From Our
Correspondent

TURA:
The Federation for Achik
Freedom (FAF), which is picketing the government offices and business
establishments in Garo Hills demanding the scrapping of the power deal by the
Congress government has decided to withdraw its agitational programme by
Wednesday evening following the announcement of elections to the state assembly
by the Election Commission of India on Monday.  The FAF is opposing the handing
over of the 720 MW Nangalbibra thermal power project to the gutka manufacturing
company Dharampal Satyapal group by the Lapang government.

 



Indigenous faith movement picks up in Arunachal
(SHT_17_1_2008)

Itanagar:
The indigenous faith and culture protection movement is gaining momentum in
Arunachal Pradesh and spreading to other north eastern states.

The Arunachal Government declared
December 31 as a holiday for the first time conceding the long standing demand
of the Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society for Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP)
which celebrates the day as ‘indigenous faith day’ every year.


Shylla accused of selling out KHADC
(SHT_23_1_2008)

SHILLONG: UDP has accused KHADC chief HS Shylla of "auctioning (off)
the assets of the Council for his own profit" by leasing out the trade and
professional tax departments to private parties. "He (Mr Shylla) has auctioned
off the professional tax and trade departments of the Council to private parties
which amounts to taking away the powers and functions of the Council," UDP MDC
Hardinge L Massar said at a media conference here on Tuesday.



Shylla refutes ‘auction’ charge (SHT_24_1_2008)

SHILLONG: KHADC Chief Executive Member HS Shylla has refuted the UDP
allegation that he had "auctioned off" the Trade and Tax departments of the
Council without the consent of the House.
Speaking to newsmen here on
Wednesday, Mr Shylla clarified the two departments had not been auctioned off to
private parties but were "leased out" to three agents in order to enhance
revenue collection by the KHADC.

JHADC
members pulled up for code violation(SHT_24_1_2008)

jowai: The Jaintia Hills district administration has issued a
show-cause notice to the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC) over
alleged violation of the model code of conduct by certain Congress MDCs.


Dorbar’s restriction(SHT_24_1_2008)

Flagging of party flag on residential buildings within Mulang village,
Jaintia Hills District, has been strictly prohibited by the Durbar Shnong of
Mulang. In a meeting held on Tuesday, the Dorbar Shnong passed a resolution
stating that no household within the village jurisdiction should be allowed to
decorate their houses with any political party’s flag.

Adivasi
blockade hits rail-road traffic(SHT_28_1_2008)

Guwahati: A 12-hour economic blockade called by Adivasi protestors
disrupted road and train traffic in western Assam on Sunday. The All Adivasi
Students’ Association of Assam (AASAA) had called for the blockade to demand the
accord of scheduled tribe status to the Adivasi (tea tribe) community.

Tribal
body wants CEO to monitor MLAs’ conduct(SHT_29_1_2008)
Shillong:
Meghalaya Tribal Welfare Association (MTWA) has sought the
intervention of the State Election Department to check improper display of MLAs’
names on vehicles or materials like ambulances, autorickshaws, water tankers,
tarpulins, chairs, etc purchased under MLA schemes. In a letter submitted to the
Chief Election Officer (CEO) PK Naik here on Monday, MTWA general secretary DH
Warjri urged the CEO to issue an order to all MLAs concerned to erase their
names for the sake of justice and fair polls or electioneering in the State.

Myntri
appeals to CM over KHADC Bill(SHT_30_1_2008)

Shillong: Myntri of Langrin Syiemship of West Khasi Hills district has
urged Chief Minister DD Lapang to impress upon the Governor not to give his
assent to the Khasi Hills Autonomous District (Nomination and Election of the
Syiem, Deputy Syiem and headmen Langrin Syiemship) Bill 2007 passed by Khasi
Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC), saying it was against the "wish of
the people of Langrin."

Sumis
for broad based unification(NPT_28_1_2008)

Dimapur, Jan 27 (NPN): The Sumi Hoho Sunday
reiterated its stand that “Sumis stand for broad-based unification of all the
Nagas irrespective of arbitrarily imposed boundaries”.

 

1
killed in Tuli clash(NPT_30_1_2008)

  Mokokchung, Jan 29 (NPN): In the continued
violence between the supporters of T. Tali and S. Imti Jamir, one person was
killed while four others were injured in a clash on Tuesday.
The clash erupted at around 6 am when the supporters
of Tali and Imti Jamir exchanged fire leaving five injured, one of them
critically. The critically-injured person died on way to hospital. The victim
sustained fatal injuries on the abdomen. He was identified as Tsuknungyanger
(30), son of Opangomen of Kangtsung village. The four others escaped with minor
injuries.

Plea to
factions(NPT_31_1_2008)

DIMAPUR, JAN 30 (NPN): Public of
Khaghaboto, Kuhuboto and Aghunaqa areas have directed all underground factions
not to disrupt the ongoing construction works of the RCC bridge between Shozukhu
and Zukihe, in the interest of the public of the three areas.

 


Call to
preserve Bodo culture(AST_21_1_2008)
 MUSHALPUR, Jan 20 – The 6th annual
conference of the central committee of Dularay Bodo Harimu Afad (DBHA), a
prominent Bodo cultural organisation, was held at Mushalpur on January 6 to 8.
SC
body demands probe panel(AST_28_1_2008)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 27 – Alleging widespread
anomalies and misuse of Scheduled Caste (SC) certificates in the recently
concluded Panchayat polls in the State, the Anususit Jati Mahasabha, Assam has
demanded the State government to institute an independent enquiry commission and
book the guilty. Taking exception to the “uncivilised behaviour” allegedly meted
out to them by the State Election Commissioner CK Sarma, the Mahasabha members
have also decided to move the National Election Commission against him.


Nyshi council to move PM over demands(AST_29_1_2008)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 28 – The Nyshi Federal
Council will submit a three-point memorandum to Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh
during his visit to Arunachal Pradesh scheduled for January 30.

CD
on NC Hills released(AST_29_1_2008)
 HAFLONG, Jan 28 – Executive Member of NC
Hills Autonomous Council for Information and Public Relations, Mohet Hojai,
formally released the Photo CD ‘The Colourful Land, People and Culture of NC
Hills’ at Haflong on January 26.

BTC
to hold book fairs every year in 4 districts(AST_29_1_2008)
 UDALGURI, Jan 28 – “I like books but for
last thirty years I have not been able to go through books. Reading two or three
lines, I leave them. During student life, I read a good number of books in
Bengali,” said Pramila Rani Brahma, Agriculture Minister of Assam. She was
addressing the closing ceremony of week-long sixth Bodoland book fair, which
concluded on Sunday here at Udalguri Durga Puja pandal, as the chief guest.


Probe panel zeroing in on lapses(AST_23_1_2008)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 22 – Though it looked like
just another day in the office for the Manisana Commission probing the November
24 clash, which took place between the members of the Adivasi community and a
section of local residents, the Commission under Justice (retd) Manisana Singh
however is optimistic of wrapping up things even before the deadline set by the
State Government. The Manisana Singh Commission, which has been asked by the
Government to verify the circumstances leading to the incident along Basistha
Road and compile a comprehensive report by February 28. The Beltola incident, it
may be mentioned, claimed one life besides rendering over 200 people injured.


 ‘Karbis on verge of losing identity’(AST_23_1_2008)
 DIPHU, Jan 22 – Intensifying the demand
of United People’s Democratic Solidarity (UPDS), the Karbi Anglong People’s
Party (KAPP) took out a massive procession at Diphu in Karbi Anglong seeking
immediate solution to the UPDS demands.
Talking to this correspondent, Nilambar Rongpi and Bhaskar Phangcho, president
and secretary of KAPP respectively, said that Karbis are on the verge of losing
their own socio-cultural and linguistic identity by remaining under the
Government of Assam. The region has been forced to bear the brunt of unmitigated
political unrest in the last few decades. Insurgency and violence have brought
untold suffereings to the people of the district, they added.


Unity stressed on Gaan-Ngai fest(sex_22_1_2008)
Mass participation advocated(sex_22_1_2008)
IMPHAL, Jan 21: Understanding each others’ culture and participation
in celebrating the different cultural festivals would help in ushering in peace
and harmony in a State like Manipur which is home to many ethnic group of
people, titular king of Manipur Leishemba Sanajaoba has stated.
 


Singers
render a number during the Statehood Day function(sex_22_1_2008)
IMPHAL, Jan 21 : Along with reminiscing the struggle of the people
before and after it was brought under the administrative set up of India, the
36th Statehood Day of Manipur was celebrated by the Government at the parade
ground of Ist Manipur Rifles here today.

 


Feud
clarification(sex_25_1_2008)
IMPHAL, Jan 24: Reacting to news report of January 17 regarding
dispute in Kwarok Maring village near Nongpok sekmai, the Kwarok Maring Village
Authority and local youth club have clarified that the issue has nothing to do
with religious affinity or practice in the said village.

 


Local tongue
stressed
(sex_25_1_2008)
To enable the BSF personnel comprehend religious practices, cultural
ethics and sentiments of the local people better, BSF personnel may be taught
Manipuri language. This was stated by BSF DIG Gopal Krishna Sharma at a free
medical camp conducted at Heirok Part II Litan Makhong in Thoubal district
today. He stated that the BSF is here to maintain peace and ensure security
people of the people.


Stage set for
march(SEX_30_1_2008)
IMPHAL, Jan 29: Spreading the message of unity and fraternity among
the indigenous people of the region, a march under the banner of ‘Nongpok Chatpa
Khongchat’ would be flagged off from Kangla tomorrow.

 


Unrest in
Bodo heartland(NPT_21_2_2008)

Guwahati, Jan 20 (IANS): The
situation in the Bodo tribal heartland in India’s Assam state has turned
volatile following charges of "armed activity" by men patronised by the party at
the helm of the Bodo autonomous council.

The delay in starting peace
talks with a frontline separatist group has also added to the unrest, community
leaders said Sunday.



UPDS reiterates Statehood demand
(NPT_23_1_2008)

Diphu, Jan 22:
The United Peoples Democratic Solidarity (UPDS)
Tuesday slammed the central government for what it described "overlooking" the
aspirations of the people of Karbi Anglong by not including Karbi statehood
demand "in the terms of reference of the proposed State Reorganization Committee
(SRC)".

Rally
in Kiphire condemns clash(NPT_23_2_2008)

Kohima, Jan 22 (NPN):
Strongly condemning the January 19 clash between the
Sumi and the Sangtam communities in Shishimi village of Kiphire district, the
Sangtam community led by United Sangtam Likhum Bamji (USLB) and United Sangtam
Students’ Conference (USSC) Tuesday held a rally at Kiphire and submitted a
memorandum to the district administration demanding the arrest of the culprits
within 48 hours.

NCCI on
interpretation of rights(NPT_24_1_2008)

DIMAPUR:
"The interpretation of the Government of India, proposing to interpret minority
within the state territory will affect the rights of the tribal across the
country" said Bishop D.K Sahu, General Secretary of NCCI. Pointing out the
issues that have adversely affected the minorities, Bishop Sahu also said that
the issues included the rights of the tribal, the rights of the dalits and the
atrocities against the minorities through out India, stressing that the case
needs to be attained while addressing media persons here on Wednesday before the
meeting on Dalit-Tribal Interface at the Trinity Theological College, Dimapur.


Chuthuni
festival celebrated in Nagaland(SEN_29_1_2008)
KOHIMA, Jan 28: Blending hues of Naga
culture with unity, people of Nagaland celebrated Chuthuni, the premier festival
of Mao Naga. It is the festival of purification, invoking God’s blessing and
merry-making.
Chuthuni, the post harvest festival of Mao Nagas, is described to be an occasion
to celebrate success and victory over death and destruction. Organized by Mao
Union of Kohima, the festival is marked with cultural songs, dances, indigenous
games, and display of Mao traditional attire at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama.

 


Two-day
seminar of Sankardev Sangha(SEN_30_1_2008)
 NAGAON, Jan 29: Under the auspices of
Srimanta Sankardev Sangha a two day seminar was held here recently on the
subject of Srimanta Sankardev’s Philosophy in four sessions wherein several
distinguished vaisnavite scholars including Dr Nilima Chaudhury, Dr Suresh Bora,
Kailash Das, Dr Sibanath Sarmah, Dr Girish Sarma, Dr Dharmeswar Chutia, Dr
Lakhyahira Gogoi Chutia, Milamani Phukan, Dr Indira Saikia Bora, Budheswar
Kakoti, Dr Girish Baruah, Jivakanta Nath, Dr Maheswar Hazarika, Narayan Goswami,
Dr Sanjib Borkokoti and Dr Phonibhushan Das took part and presented papers.

 


Cultural
festival held at Barak Valley(SEN_30_1_2008)
 SILCHAR, Jan 29: The Barak valley
cultural festival and workshop concluded with a four-day-long programme at
Silchar recently. The festival was organized by Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra
in collaboration with the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, New Delhi.
Gautam Ganguly, Deputy Commissioner, Cachar inaugurated the festival and the
workshop while Gautam Sharma, secretary, Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra
explained the purpose of the festival. During the four-day-long programme
intellectuals from various communities like Riang, Barman, Manipuri, Bengali,
Hindu, Bishnupriya Manipuri, and Bengali Muslims participated in the workshop to
discuss about the traditions of their communities. Cultural items from these
ethnic communities were also exhibited.

 


Give correct
information on Sankardev:Yuba Tirtha tells RKM Institute of Culture


(SEN_31_1_2008)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 30: The Samanwita Yuba
Tirtha (SYT), youth wing of the Asom Xatra Mahaxabha (AXM), has urged the
Ramkrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Kolkata, not to publish any new edition
of its Cultural Heritage of India (Volume iv) till the mistakes appeared on the
chapter on Srimanta Sankardev are rectified. The Yuba Tirtha has also urged the
Centre to release the funds it had promised for the development of Sankariya
culture.

 


18 MDCs ready
to oust Shylla as KHADC CEM(SEN_31_1_2008)
 SHILLONG, Jan 30: The Khasi Hills
Autonomous District Council (KHADC) Chief Executive Member (CEM) is all set to
be removed by 18 Congress members of the district council tomorrow. A special
meeting is scheduled tomorrow at the call of the Meghalaya Pradesh Congress
Committee.

 


AMESCO joins
Gaan-Ngai celebrations (IFP_22_1_2008)

IMPHAL, Jan 21: Representatives of the All Manipur Ethnical Socio-Cultural
Organisation, AMESCO, joined in Gaan Ngai celebrations today at the Konthoujam
Kabui Khul, laying emphasis on the theme of peace, and emotional harmony among
communities of the state.
Apart from traditional rituals and colourful cultural performances, the occasion
was marked by exchange of gifts between AMESCO and local community
representatives.

Bhaona
meet gets under way(SEN_19_1_2008)
 JORHAT, Jan 18: The second Asom Bhaona Xamaroh got under way with
nine xatradhikars lighting the inaugural lamp at the Manikanchan Kshetra at the
river island of Majuli toady. Earlier, the xatradhikar of Auniati Xatra, Dr
Pitambar Deva Goswami, hosted the flag and participated in a prabhati (morning)
ferry cruise. Former Axom Xahitya Xabha (AXX) president Dr Nagen Saikia
inaugurated a book fair being held on the sidelines of the xamaroh.

 


JCC condems
violence in NC Hills(SEN_19_1_2008)
HAFLONG, Jan 18: The Joint co-ordination
committee (JCC) ASDC/BJP alliance NC Hills distict committee, Haflong vehemeatly
condemn the killing of 2 persons by unknown militants at Maibong on the January
16.

 


BPFPR to
raise Boro national issues for solution(SEN_19_1_2008)
 UDALGURI, Jan 18: The All Boro Peace
Forum (ABPF) which was formed to initiate peace process with National Democratic
Front of Boroland (NDFB) in 2004 is now renamed as Boro People’s Forum for Peace
and Rights (BPFPR).

 


‘Jehadi
groups turning sar areas into a safe haven for criminals’(SEN_19_1_2008)
Congress Govt weak towards minorities: HYCP (SEN_19_1_2008)
 NAGAON, Jan 18: Taking advantage of the
alleged ‘weakness’ of the present Congress-led Government for the religious
minority community as well as the Jehadi groups, the different Maulabadi
extremist groups are spreading their tentacles in different parts of the State
at an alarming rate, particularly in the religious minority-dominated areas and
in sar areas, alleged Brajen Kakoti, president, Hindu Yuva Chatra Parishad (HYCP),
Asom.

 


Khasis living
in KA cannot claim land as their own: Ingti(SEN_19_1_2008)
 HAMREN, Jan 18: Biren Singh Ingti,
sitting Member of Parliament, paid a visit to the border areas of
Meghalaya-Karbi Anglong recently to take stock of situation and to inquire into
the needs of the people living in the border areas. He was accompanied by MLA
from 20 Baithalangso LAC constituency Dr Mansing Rongpi, MAC from Socheng
constituency, Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) Ms Bina Ranghangpi, KAAC
member and Bidya Sing Teron, chairman of the Forest Board, KAAC and secretary of
the district Congress, Karbi Anglong.

 


MPCC demands
removal of Chakma CEM (SEN_19_1_2008)
AIZAWL, Jan 18: The Mizoram Pradesh
Congress Committee (MPCC) today urged Mizoram Governor M M Lakhera to remove the
Chakma Autonomous District Council’s (CADC) Chief Executive Member (CEM) for
allegedly misappropriating funds under the Rastriya Sam Vikash Yajona (RSVY).

 


Workshop on
Boro folk songs held(SEN_21_1_2008)
 KOKRAJHAR, Jan 20: A workshop on Boro
folk song was conducted under the banner of “Music Vision Kendra” at its office,
Bhatarmari, Kokrajhar recently. The purpose of 24-days workshop project was to
revive and preserve the diminishing Boro folk songs and original folk tunes.

 


 AARSM
concerned over Asomiya writings(SEN_21_1_2008)
 NAGAON, Jan 20: The Asom Asttittya
Rakshya Sangrami Manch (AARSM) here expressed concern at the state of the
spelling in contemporary Asomiya writings, even in the newspapers and journals.
The AARSM opined that the educationists and the literateurs should have given
serious concern over the matter to keep the quality of the Asomiya language and
literature intact.

 


Lack of
political space in BTC for NDFB leadership in case of an agreement a


stumbling block for peace talks(SEN_21_1_2008)
Guwahati, Jan 20: The situation in the
Bodo tribal heartland in the state has turned volatile following charges of
“armed activity” by men patronised by the party at the helm of the Bodo
autonomous council.

 


KAAC doles
out Karbi medium schools (SEN_21_1_2008)
 HOWRAGHAT, Jan 20: The Karbi Anglong
Autonomous Council (KAAC) has declared recently that it is going to introduce
Karbi medium schools for the first time in the district. Bidaysing Rongpi, KAAC
Executive Member for Education Department said this in an Upper Primary School
Living Certificate (UPSLC) and Primary School Living Certificate (PSLC) toppers
felicitation programme held at KAAC colony, Diphu.
Rongpi announced that altogether 26 primary schools in each of the 26 Member of
Autonomous Council (MAC) constituency are to be established in the first phase.
Against the newly introduced institutions one teacher will be appointed to every
primary school, Rongpi added.

 


Chakma bodies
rail against ‘autocracy’ in Chakma council(SEN_22_1_2008)
AIZAWL, Jan 21: Various Chakma bodies,
under the leadership of Chakma district Mizoram People’s Forum (MPF), have
accused Rasik Mohan Chakma, former chief executive member of the Chakma


Devp board or
council for Gorkhas soon: CM(SEN_22_1_2008)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 21: The State Government
will soon take steps for the overall development of the Gorkha and the Nepali
communities living in the State. The Government will form a development board or
council for the community. This was stated by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi while
addressing the open session of the 24th biennial conference of the Gorkha
Sanmillani at Digboi today. Gogoi was the chief guest on the occasion.

 


Second annual
conference of Goreswar held(SEN_22_1_2008)
 GORESWAR, Jan 21: The 2nd annual
conference of the Goreswar Block Bodoland people’s front (BPF) was held at the
Betna High School playground with a two day long programme recently in Baksa
district.
Ramakanta Basumatay, president, Goreswar BPF unit chaired on the open meet and
hoisted the party flag while sahid tarpan was performed by Mohan Boro and the
tree plantation programme was performed by Mohi Ram Basumatary.

 


ST status:
Tea bodies warn State Government(SEN_23_1_2008)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 22: The INTUC Legislative
Forum, Asom Chah Mazdoor Sangha (ACMS) and the APCC Tea Cell have warned the
Congress-led State Government to arrive at solutions to the long-standing issues
afflicting the tea tribe community, including the issue of ST status. The three
organizations will spearhead a vigorous movement against the Congress-led UPA
Government at the Centre if no concrete steps are taken by New Delhi in this
regard, said Congress Tea Cell chairman Bhagirath Karan while talking to The
Sentinel today.

 


Leasing out
of depts by KHADC draws flak(SEN_23_1_2008)
 SHILLONG, Jan 22: After the demand for
scrapping of the power deal between the State Government and the private
companies, the leasing out of two departments by the Khasi Hills Autonomous
District Council (KHADC) to private parties might create stiff opposition.

 


Revisiting
the Beltola Incident(SEN_23_1_2008)
This refers to the report titled “Is the
government interested in probing the Beltola incident?” (The Sentinel, January
14, 2008).
The Beltola incident was largely provoked by the vandalism perpetrated by the
rowdy elements of the Adivasi youths who violated the ethics of the civil
society by indiscriminately attacking the innocent bystanders while carrying out
their rally, armed with bows and arrows.

 


 ‘Exclude
villages with non-Rabha majority from RHAC ’ (SEN_24_1_2008)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 23: A delegation of the
Non-Rabha Coordination Forum has today met State Revenue Minister Dr Bhumidhar
Barman and submitted a memorandum asking the Government to hold panchayat polls
in the Rabha-Hasong Autonomous Council (RHAC) areas soon.

 


‘Waibha
Kyndiah will be stripped of Khasi status’(SEN_24_1_2008)
 SHILLONG, Jan 23: Khasi Hills Autonomous
District Council (KHADC) chief HS Shylla is confident that Nongkrem Congress
candidate Waibha Kyndiah, who is also the son of Union Tribal Affairs Minister
PR Kyndiah, will cease to be a Khasi after the hearing of a petition filed by an
NGO questioning his tribal status.
 


Majuli
Xatradhikars to issue ultimatum to PM(SEN_24_1_2008)
Bhogpur and Bengenuati xatras worst
affected by erosion (SEN_24_1_2008)
 JORHAT, Jan 23: The Xatradhikars of Majuli have decided to issue an
ultimatum to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh regarding the severe erosion problem
on the island, which is slowly but surely changing the geographical shape of
this large fresh water island. The decision was taken at a meeting called by the
Majuli Surakshya Samiti (MSS) at the Manikanchan Kshetra yesterday.

 

 ‘Minority
communities giving shelter to maulabadi terrorists’(SEN_24_1_2008)
 NAGAON, Jan 23: The Asom Astitya Rakshya
Sangrami Manch (AARSM) here has strongly warned all ‘communal forces’ and also
the political parties not to give communal colour to the issue of detection and
deportation of illegal Bangladeshis, allegedly pouring in to the State everyday
from Bangladesh. The migrant after crossing the Indo-Bangladesh border
illegally, have allegedly settled in different minority-dominated areas
including the sar and forest areas in Nagaon district under patronage from a
particular section of religious-minority people and political leaders.

 


MMH demanding
separate state for KA(SEN_24_1_2008)
DIPHU, Jan 23: A four-man delegation will
leave Diphu for New Delhi on January 29 to submit a memorandum to the Union Home
Minister for inclusion of the demand for a separate state of Karbi Anglong in
the Terms of Reference of the soon to be constituted Second State Reorganization
Commission.
 

Congress rally held (SEN_24_1_2008)
 HAMREN, Jan 23: A Congress rally was held
recently at Dongangmukh Kali Mandir premises under Hamren subdivision. The rally
was attended by the local MP Birensing Ingti, Hills Area Development (HAD)
minister of Asom Khorsing Ingti, the MLA from Baithalangso, Dr Monsing Rongpi,
and the VDC chairman from Amreng constituency, Francis Rongpi .
 

Separate Bodoland demand when need arises: Hagrama(SEN_25_1_2008)
 KOKRAJHAR/ ROWTA CHARIALI, Jan 24: The
general secretary of the Bodoland Peoples’ Front (BPF), Emanuel Mashahary, who
is also an executive member (EM) in the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) has
said that a third force was conspiring to build up a situation of turmoil in the
BTC region with an aim to collapse the BPF-Congress alliance in the State.

 


HNLC flays
parties for playing religious card in poll campaign(SEN_25_1_2008)
 SHILLONG, Jan 24: The proscribed
Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) has denounced the alleged use of
religious cards by political parties in the State. In an e-mail sent by HNLC
publicity secretary Sain Kupar Nongtraw today, the outfit termed the use of
religion for political advantage as detrimental to the people’s cause.

 

 


Two depose in
Beltola case(TEL_22_1_2008)

Guwahati, Jan. 21:
The Manisena Commission, which is probing the Beltola violence of November 24,
will summon more witnesses or recall those who have already testified if there
is not enough evidence.

 


Khasi council
chief defends revenue lease(TEL_24_1_2008)

Shillong, Jan. 23:
The chief executive member of Khasi Hills
Autonomous District Council, H.S. Shylla, today said he had partially leased out
the revenue collection of two departments of the council to private parties.


Bandh as
weapon for delimitation (TEL_28_1_2008)


– 3 tribes
protest process suspension (TEL_28_1_2008)

Kohima, Jan. 27:
Three Naga tribes have called a 12-hour bandh tomorrow in protest against
Delhi’s decision not to go ahead with the process of delimitation of
constituencies in Nagaland.

The bandh is expected to affect
traffic on National Highway 39, the lifeline of Manipur and parts of Nagaland,
and National Highway 61, which passes through Kohima and Mokokchung en route to
Amguri in Assam.

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